Category Archives: Art and architecture

A Memoir of Gabriel Beranger

Yes, folks, the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes strikes again! This time it was Ireland rather than England that got the benefit of Louis XIV’s intolerance, albeit after an indirect journey via the Netherlands. Gabriel Beranger (1729–1817) was, as … Continue reading

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The Most Celebrated British Libraries

William Clarke (about whom little, as they say, is known – at any rate to the web) followed the early nineteenth-century trend for snappy Latin titles with an explanatory English subtitle for those who had not had Latin beaten into … Continue reading

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London Parks

Anyone who, like me, is better at finding their way around London under the ground rather than above it may suffer from unfortunate ignorance of the great green spaces that, originally preserved for the various pleasures of the very rich, … Continue reading

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More Notes of a Provincial Procrastinator

I have mentioned before my tendency to put off going to exhibitions on the ground that there will be plenty of time. In the autumn of 2014, for various reasons, some more compelling than others, I spent a lot of … Continue reading

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A List of Book Published in 1815

Many bloggers, tweeters, newspaper columnists and other date nerds have already produced handy lists of the anniversaries coming up in 2015. The Big Two are of course the octocentenary of Magna Carta (sealed (not signed!) by King John on 15 … Continue reading

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